A STELAR Retrans Wrangling On Capitol Hill


WASHINGTON, D.C. — “This is World Series season,” Montana Sen. Jon Tester noted Wednesday during a heated exchange with a top executive at AT&T at a Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing on STELAR reauthorization.

“The World Series is on TV. I watched it last night,” Tester continued. But, he added that when he goes home to his farm, the FOX station airing the games is “blacked out,” due to a lack of a retransmission fee agreement.

This set the stage for a lively discussion that saw Graham Media Group’s President/CEO offer her take on the increasingly bruising battle over retrans fees.


The Tester Test: Can DirecTV Pass It?

Wednesday’s Senate Commerce Committee hearing on STELAR reauthorization saw Montana Democrat Jon Tester state his case. He’s not a fan of it, as it gives DirecTV an out for not providing local news in two DMAs where he has constituents. How did AT&T’s SVP/Content and Programming respond?

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